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Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Group Tour

6 Days
From USD720
Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Lhasa
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Tour Type:
Group Tour
Group Size:
Max 12
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This is a golden route that covers Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse, the cultural centers of Tibet. You will experience Tibetan Buddhist culture in different regions, explore the tranquil turquoise water of Yamdrok Lake, admire the glacier-draped Karola pass, grand Gyantse Kumbum with 100,000 Buddhist statues inside, and impressive Tasilump Monastery, the seat of the Panchen Lama.
DayRouteAttractions & Activities AccommodationMeals
1 Arrival in Lhasa (3650m) Pick up and transfer to the hotel Lhasa, 3★/4★
2 Lhasa Sightseeing Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery Lhasa, 3★/4★ B, D
3 Lhasa Sightseeing Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street Lhasa, 3★/4★ B
4 Lhasa- Gyantse(4040m)- Shigatse(3840m), 360km, Approx. 6hrs Yamdroktso Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery Shigatse, 3★/4★ B
5 Shigatse - Lhasa, 300km, Approx. 5hrs Tashilhunpo Monastery Lhasa, 3★/4★ B
6 Depart from Lhasa Send off to the airport/railway station B

Daily Itinerary


Taking a flight into Tibet will give you a panorama of the snowy Himalaya Mountains or 1-2 days of train riding over the high plateau by crossing Tanggula Mountains with beautiful sceneries along the way. Once you arrive, our local Tibetan tour guide and driver will greet you at Lhasa Airport/Railway with a traditional Tibetan white scarf to wish you good luck! And then transfer you to the hotel. The rest of the day you will be free to wander around the city on your own but try not to overtax yourself. The first day's well-rest is crucial to acclimatize the high altitude. Remember to drink lots of water, eat light, and not to have a shower if you can help it.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

Our guide and driver will pick you up at the hotel in the early morning and then drive to Drepung Monastery , which means Monastery of Rice Heap in the Tibetan language. The entire monastery is large in scale and the white buildings cluster and covers the hillsides. Drepung Monastery is known as the most important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism.

After lunch, you are visiting Sera Monastery, which is renowned as the most beautiful Tibetan Monastery. Sera Monastery is famous for Buddhist debating. As a part of the study, lamas should participate in debates to further their comprehension and proceed to more advanced levels of Buddhism.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

  • Meals:
  • Breakfast
  • Welcome Dinner

Today, you will visit the most famous Potala Palace, which is the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture. Potala Palace was the winter palace of successive Dalai lamas. It was built by the 33rd great king of Tibet - Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th Century. The most valuable collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and the meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet. 

At noon, the tour guide will bring you to a good restaurant to have lunch and have a rest. In the afternoon, we will go to visit Jokhang Temple in the center of the Lhasa old town. Jokhang Temple is the most sacred temple in Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims since the early days. After that, you will take a walk around the Barkhor Street - one of the most devotional circuits as well as a crowded central market of Lhasa. Barkhor Street is a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple and the locals are always proud of it. As a symbol of Lhasa, it‘s also a must-see place for visitors.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

  • Meals:
  • Breakfast

We will pass by Gampala pass(4790m) on the way from Lhasa to Shigatse and visit Yamdrok Lake, one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet. You can see its turquoise color and snow-capped mount Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance. . 

Later we will pass and enjoy the Karola Glacier, which looks spectacular from the highway, and it's close enough(about 300 yards) from the highway. Then visit the main monastery in Gyantse - Pelkor Chode Monastery, famous for its exquisite architecture and intact murals and statues.

Stay overnight in Shigatse, 3★/4★

  • Meals:
  • Breakfast

In the morning, we will visit the home of Panchen Lama - Tashilunpo Monastery, which was founded by the 1st Dalai Lama in 1447. It is a historic and culturally important monastery in Shigatse. It's located on the central hill of the city. The full name in Tibetan of the monastery means "all fortune and happiness gathered here" or "heap of glory". For the trip back to Lhasa in the later afternoon, we will provide you two solutions which will be decided by Great Tibet Tour.

Option A: Drive from Shigatse – Lhasa;

Option B: Train from Shigatse – Lhasa;

For Option B, the guide will accompany you to take a taxi to Shigatse Railway Station, Then take the train from Shigatse to Lhasa. Upon your arrival in Lhasa, we will arrange for you to be dropped off at your hotel. The taxi & train fare is included in the cost.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

  • Meals:
  • Breakfast

Today your guide and driver will escort you to the airport or railway station for your next destination. Before your departure, we will appreciate if you can spend a few minutes to evaluate our services either by filling the feedback form or simply send us an email when you get back home. Your whole trip is officially ended.

  • Meals:
  • Breakfast

Cost & Calendar

All prices are in US Dollar / Person

Economic Class (3-Star Hotels)

2022-07-01 ~ 2022-10-07 2022-10-08 ~ 2022-10-31 2022-11-01 ~ 2022-12-31
USD850 USD790 USD720

Comfortable Class (4-Star Hotels)

2022-07-01 ~ 2022-10-07 2022-10-08 ~ 2022-10-31 2022-11-01 ~ 2022-12-31
USD910 USD850 USD780


Starting DatePrice FromBookedBook Now
2022-10-11 USD790 open for booking Book
2022-10-18 USD790 open for booking Book
2022-10-25 USD790 open for booking Book
2022-11-01 USD720 open for booking Book
2022-11-08 USD720 open for booking Book
2022-11-15 USD720 open for booking Book
2022-11-22 USD720 open for booking Book
2022-11-29 USD720 open for booking Book
2022-12-06 USD720 open for booking Book
2022-12-13 USD720 open for booking Book
2022-12-20 USD720 open for booking Book
2022-12-27 USD720 open for booking Book

No desired date of departure? Please send us an inquiry and we will try to arrange your tour according to your plan.

Discount Policy

You may only enjoy one of the advantageous policy, not both.

Option A:3 or More to Join the Same Group $30 Off / person
Option B:Tour in Apr~Oct
  • To book 6-month prior tour starts 5% Off / person
  • To book 3-month prior tour starts 3% Off / person

Booking Policy

Confirmed Dates 12-working-day prior
Dates Listed 1 Person, 75-day prior
2 Persons or above, 45-day prior
Dates Not Listed1~2 Persons, 90-day prior
Our Service

* Lodgings: 5 Nights, twin room en suite in 3★/4★

* Meal: 5 Breakfasts & 1 Welcome Dinner

* Travel-licensed vehicle according to group size & season as itinerary needed including gas and parking fee;

* Lhasa Railway Station transfer at all times on first & last day;

* Pick-up from Lhasa Gonggar Airport to your hotel at 9:30 am and 4:00 pm on the first day;

* Drop-off from your hotel to Lhasa Gonggar Airport at 6:00 am and 12:30 pm on the last day;

* On Day 5, if GTT decides to use Option B, the hard seat train tickets from Shigatse to Lhasa will be included by GTT

* Guide: experienced local English-speaking tour guide

* Attractions: all entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary

* Permit: Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit (TTB);

* Travel Agency Liability insurance;

* Government Tax;

* Express delivery fee of Permit (eg. SF. Express)

* Food & lodgings for guide & driver;

* Oxygen tank for emergency use;

* Two bottles of mineral water per person per day;


* International flight to and out of China;

* Domestic flight/train to and out of Lhasa; (We can help you book the domestic flight/train ticket at the BEST price. Please contact us for details.)

* If you miss the free transfer schedule due to flight delay or cancelation, then you are required to pay a private transfer from USD 80/vehicle/time.

* Lunch & Dinner are not included but we will recommend some good ones for you according to your requirements. Usually, it takes 3-10 USD per person for each meal.

* While the gratuity for guide and driver is NOT mandatory, it is expected. Based on their service, you can tip them on the last day of the tour. You are suggested to tip each of them 5-10 USD/day in total;

* All the commission and tax charged by PayPal, Bank, and government when making payment. (e.g. PayPal --- 4.2%. Wire transfer --- 2%);

* Personal expenses;

* Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions.


* Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit (TTB) usually takes about 12-working-day to apply. If you couldn’t provide the required docs & info on time, an extra handling fee will be charged. Please consult your travel consultant for details;

* We reserve the right to change the itinerary order and attractions in Lhasa;

* If you prefer to book your own hotels over those included in our group tour, please meet the rest of the group at their daily hotel on time. We don’t include the transfers to your hotels;

* We need to pick up and drop off all members of the group on the first & last day from Lhasa Airport/Railway, thus there may not always have guide presence but driver;

* Due to the special nature of Tibet travel, any unforeseeable and unavoidable objective circumstances, including but not limited to natural disasters, war, terrorism, riot, civil commotion, strikes, public health emergencies, government action, major traffic jams, delay or cancellation of flight/train, attractions temporarily closed. etc., resulting in a change of itinerary, the increased cost will be paid by travelers; if any attraction visits have to be canceled due to the same reasons above, GTT won't be held responsible for a refund except for certain attraction entrance fees which will be solely decided by GTT.

* Single Supplement: our quote is based on twin rooms. For single travelers, a single supplement is required at the time of booking. If later we manage to match you with another traveler to share the twin room, the single supplement will be refunded.

Typically Asked Questions from Our Clients

Asked by Gill***

I will be flying into Kathmandu on 15 October, departing 25 October. I would like to visit Tibet while staying in Nepal. Is that possible?

Answered by Catherine 2019-09-17

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have 6 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Group Tour on Oct.17th. We can arrange the tour for you and happen to have a fixed tour departing on 17th. Entering Tibet from Kathmandu, travelers are required to apply for China Group Visa in Kathmandu. The embassy only accepts an application on Mon/Wed/Friday. We will help you apply for it, and it takes 3 working days. Thus, is it possible to fly in Kathmandu on 13th? Oct.13th (Sun) -  Arrival in Kathmandu Oct.14th (Mon) - Apply for China group visa in the morning Oct.16th (Wed) -  Obtain a group visa in the afternoon Oct.17th - Fly to Tibet to join the group Oct.22nd - End the tour and Fly back to Kathmandu

Asked by Jan ***

Hi. We are interested in taking the 6 days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Group Tour starting Oct 24th. I have two questions: How do handle the payment (via credit card in advance)? You also mentioned that you could arrange the train ticket to get to Lhasa. How is it handled? Will it be shipped together with the permit to the hotel or is it a reservation confirmation and the ticket can be gathered at the train station? Thank you.

Answered by Catherine 2019-09-08

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have 6 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Group Tour on Oct.24th. We can arrange the tour for you. To answer your questions, To confirm a booking with us, we usually charge 30% tour cost and 100% transportation fee as deposit. You can pay the balance after arriving in Lhasa. We accept Paypal, Wire transfer, Alipay, Wechat, etc. For the train ticket, it is a reservation confirmation. With the confirmation number and your original passport, you can pick up your train ticket from any ticket window of the railway in China. May I know where you plan to take the train? Here is the itinerary,

Asked by sizw***

I wish to visit ancient yogi and guru's as well as to see ancient temples

Answered by Catherine 2019-09-05

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to visit ancient yogi and guru's as well as to see ancient temples. We can arrange the tour for you including a private yoga class, 1 student to 1 teacher, one hour per class. Here is the itinerary of 6 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Group Tour,

Asked by Scot***

We are planning to arrive one day early into Lhasa from Katmandu. Is that allowed by the Chinese? I heard you cant travel without official tour.

Answered by Cherry 2019-07-02

It is okay for you to arrive one day early in Lhasa. We need to arrange a guide for you. 

From Nepal to Tibet, you are required to apply for China Group Visa at China embassy in Nepal with our assistance even if you have had China Visa already. After you book your Tibet tour with us, we will send an official invitation letter for you to our partner in Kathmandu. After your arrival in Kathmandu, our Nepali partner will meet you for your original passport. With invitation letter, your original passport and one photo (passport photo size with white background), our Nepali partner could help you get your China Group Vias there within 3 working days). 

Asked by Stev***

I will arrive from Xian at airport on the 31st October and leave for Beijing on 5th November.

Answered by Catherine 2019-06-23

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have 6 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Group Tour on Oct.31st. We can open the tour for you on that date.

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